Sunday, 20 March 2016

What to do in Manchester this Bank Holiday Weekend

I'm not sure about you but a long weekend calls for a schedule full of different places to explore and stuff our faces; from an unnecessary (but oh so needed) brunch before heading to an art gallery to a delectable dinner out after indulging in a few beauty treatments. There's no need to wake up early for work on Monday so why not indulge?

To help you decide, I've collected together some of the best places and restaurants I've visited in Manchester recently for you to explore.

Things to Do

Whether you're interested in a weekend of culture or a day of shopping, here are a few ideas of what you can get up to this Easter weekend.

Whitworth Art Gallery

If you haven't visited the gallery since it reopening in Spring 2015, get it on your list! The £15m investment has transformed the space into a light, bright gallery full of interesting exhibitions in beautiful surroundings. It's a short taxi or bus trip (or a half an hour walk) out of the city centre, but it's definitely worth the trip.

Visit their site here to find out more.

John Rylands Library

This is the absolutely stunning neo-gothic building on Deansgate just next to Spinningfields, contrasting beautifully to the surroundings. We had been meaning to visit the library for years but it took a visit from Joe's parents to encourage us to actually visit, I'm so glad we did, we absolutely loved it. It's a beautiful building and is packed with interesting exhibitions and galleries, not to mention the interior architecture.

Visit their site here to find out more. There are also plenty of activities over Easter weekend for the whole family.


The new location of the much loved Cornerhouse, HOME is home (excuse the pun) to theatre, cinema and contemporary art. If the bank holiday weather isn't great, pop in to watch a film, play or simply enjoy a coffee and a nosey at the art dotted around the walls. 

Visit their site here to find out more.

Harvey Nichols Beauty Fortnight

Harvey Nichols are treating us to a fortnight of beauty, with the majority of the counters in their beauty floor offering express treatments and consultations for free. Running until the 28th of March, indulge in hand massages at ESPA, facials at Eve Lom, a make up bag MOT at YSL, hair braiding at Umberto Giannini, blow drys at SHOW Beauty and so much more, plus a glass of bubbly with every consultation. It would be rude not to try it!

Visit their site here to find out more. 

Style Station

I am obsessed with Style Station at the moment, just looks how good their braiding is! Run by The Red Angel Hair Company, at the moment they have a pop up at The Arndale in Manchester offering 9 minutes (amazing) hair style starting at just £9. Ideal for getting ready for a bank holiday night out without the fuss!

Visit their site here to find out more.

Where to Eat and Drink

If there's ever a time to indulge, Easter bank holiday weekend is it. Whether you like smashes avocado on toast for brunch or champagne with afternoon tea, here are a few suggestions of where to visit. 


Trof is somewhere we've always loved to go for breakfast, but in the past we've always been early for a fry up and to flick through the paper but this weekend we headed there for brunch. Honestly, we're never going back for breakfast, it's brunch all the way! I had the Avocado and Feta Smash minus the poached eggs and plus halloumi and bacon (dream) and Joe had Eggs Benedict, both were amazing and I want the avocado smash right this second.

Visit the site here to find out more.

TGI Fridays

TGIs is perfect for an affordable, comfort food hit for breakfast, there's one in Royal Exchange near Deansgate and one in Piccadilly station so they're perfectly placed wherever you are in the city centre.

Visit their site here to find out more.

Afternoon Tea at Manchester House

A relatively recent addition to their menu, Manchester House is now offering Afternoon Tea for £25 per person (£35 for champagne afternoon tea) and it is sublime, not to mention the beautiful views across Manchester. I visited a couple of weekends ago and I'll be posting a full review soon so keep an eye out. It's definitely one to treat yourself to this weekend!

Visit their site here to find out more.


Quick, easy and affordable, Vapiano has recently opened in the Corn Exchange and is ideal to pop into for pizza, pasta or salad while you're out and about shopping. It's a really relaxed environment as it's pretty much self service, you're given a swipe card on the way in and you order at the counter, serve yourself and pay at the end. Simple.

Visit their site here to find out more.


If you're looking for somewhere for something a little bit special for dinner or a quick sushi lunch on a day out in Manchester, Australasia fits the bill. You can read my full review here.

Visit their site here to find out more.


If you fancy a slice of Italy, head to Veeno for a wine tasting along with platters of cheese, meats and bread, the perfect way to finish off a bank holiday weekend!

Visit their site here to find out more. 

Whatever you do this bank holiday weekend, I hope you have fun!

1 comment

  1. Lots of place I've not been to here. I like the sound of the new Home location.

    Buckets & Spades


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